Queer Young People in Australia: Insights from the 2021 Australian Youth Barometer

Blake Cutler, Beatriz Gallo Cordoba, Lucas Walsh, Masha Mikola, Catherine Waite

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The experiences and realities of queer young Australians are often topics of incredibly public and political discussions. This paper presents a deep dive into these experiences by drawing on data from the 2021 Australian Youth Barometer. Just over one in five young people who participated in the Youth Barometer self-identified as a member of the queer community. Their responses provide us with insight into the strengths of queer young people and the disproportionate challenges they face in contemporary Australian society. Queer young people can have markedly different experiences of belonging and inclusion in their education. Too many young people face barriers to queer-friendly health and mental health support. This paper aims to stimulate action and recommends practical evidence-based actions that educators, policy makers and allies of the queer community can take to build thriving communities for every young Australian.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne Vic Australia
PublisherMonash University
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • Young people
  • Queer
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Health
  • Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Citizenship

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